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Act on equal treatment of disabled or chronically ill workers

Country of implementation
The Netherlands
General short description of the innovation
Act to increase legal protection and equal treatment of disabled and chronically ill in the working place and in vocational education
Target group
Policy Field
  • employment
  • equal opportunities
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
Since 2003
Scope of innovation
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
This a legal innovation, aimed at offering better legal protection against discrimination for chronically ill and disabled. It obliges employers and vocational education organisations when necessary to adapt working places ?within reasonable limits? . As such, it should improve possibilities for disabled/chronically ill to participate in vocational education and to be active in paid work.
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • others (Anti-discrimination law with regards to chronically ill and handicapped)
Intended target group
Chronically ill and handicapped
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • central state (Regulation)
  • employers (organised or individual)
  • private not-for-profit organisations (e.g. Third Sector organisation or NGO) (Vocational education institutions)
Intended output
  • regulation of the labour market (Regulation of protection for chronically ill and handicapped)
Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
The available evaluation only looks at the potential protection the law offers, but does not look at actual outcomes. It concludes the law does offer better protection, but also that the law remains relatively unknown with both handicapped/chronically ill as well as employers. Therefore, its contribution to resilience cannot be assessed.
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